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Monday, August 28, 2006

Online Debate is on

Green Mountain Daily's online Lt. Governor debate between John Tracy and Matt Dunne is happening right now. Find out how you, too, can join in here.

It got started a little late, and it looks like there's only about 38 people in the chatroom, and that includes the candidates.

Here's question number 2. Writes Odum,

"Matt, my property taxes are kicking my butt. Any thoughts?"

August 28, 2006 at 12:34 PM in VT Blogs | Permalink


By my reckoning, we only got about 50-60 people total from the check ins and check outs. Timing it for noon accomodated our regulars, but wasnt conduscive for bringing in new folks, I guess... but we wanted to place it at a high traffic time.

Posted by: odum | Aug 28, 2006 2:19:00 PM

Believe it or not, Snarky Boy has an opinion on this debate. Click here to read all about it.

Posted by: Snarky Boy | Aug 28, 2006 2:32:33 PM


The number of people who read it while it happened is not a good indicator of how helpful/successful it was. I think you will get a lot of people who read the transcript. Some people cannot get on the internet during the day, but still want to read the debate.

People are talking about it on their blogs and there will also be a short spot on channel 17 with me and Jess Wilson talking about it, which might bring some new folks to GMD to read the transcript.

It was a good experiment with new technology and new ways to get more people involved with politics. I hope you guys are able to do more with it in the future.

Posted by: Charity | Aug 28, 2006 3:41:36 PM

Wow - thanks Charity. Kind words indeed. I definitely feel good about it, and I know Jack and Neil had a blast. Shaky start, though. The chat server I'd set up a week ago, and which had been tested and retested as recently as 1 AM this morning by Neil AND myself bombed out this morning. It's still down, in fact. Part of the delay was my setting up a back-up that we didnt know the particulars of (that and that folks cut it a little bit close with signing on).

Murphy's law is an amazing thing, but I think we all definitely want to do it again sometime... and to take the tech up a few notches as well. This was just so....ten years ago...(Java notwithstanding)

Posted by: odum | Aug 28, 2006 3:54:54 PM

I second Charity's charitable comments. Thanks for your efforts.

Posted by: cresmer | Aug 28, 2006 4:03:40 PM

Now try and say "charitable charity" 10 times real fast... (and thanks for the comments and support, CR)

Posted by: odum | Aug 28, 2006 4:35:25 PM

Ever feel that all five of you are in an echo chamber. Good grief. The debate was ridiculous, amateurish, and, at best, just boring. But the little blogging insider crowd just can't seem to help themselves cheer their fellow sub-mediocrity.

Get real. And get it here: Snarkyboy.org

Posted by: Snarky Boy | Aug 28, 2006 6:55:57 PM

Go ahead Snarky...

Keep indulging your sad fantasy that wallowing in the haze of perpetual adolescence is somehow an act of courage.

And go ahead and pretend to be some Hunter S. Thompson renegade when you don't even have the courage to drop acid on your little excursion to challenge W. on vacation.

At least we tried something that actually had an impact in the local media... And we can say a little bit more than ~maybe you saw me standing in the background at some Douglas event.~

Please, spare us the self-righteous "I'm a radical and I'm anti-everything" schtick. Your sub-title to your blog (which you've now scrubbed) said it best...

And I paraphrase...

~I'm the guy who sits next to you at dinner and tricks you into thinking I actually care about having a debate about something, when in fact I'm just a jerk.~

So, you're an instigator who doesn't care about anything and simply wants to ridicule anybody who does. We get it.

And keep pretending that your little fan base is actually anything more than you and your sock puppets.


Posted by: Vermonter | Aug 28, 2006 7:39:18 PM

Wow, Neil, you've really been gobbling up Snarky's words. I'm purring under the glow of your obvious hidden admiration. And congrats on your 15 seconds today. You really showed 'em. Oh wait, showed who? Did what? Oh yeah, you showed 37 people that the Democratic candidates for lite-guv are boring.

Please, tell me ONE thing that you read in today's debate that you haven't heard before? And that's my primary criticism of the event. You guys didn't play to the blogger-aspect of it. You were trying to play-big-guy-media. You put mommy and daddy's clothes on and just looked foolish rather than just being bloggers and being real.

Odum made a last second stab at it with his "name your hero" question but it was already too late. That's the kind of vibe the whole debate deserved. It should have been quick and hip, like bloggers outside of this little nest of ninnies usually like to be.

Trust me, I'm published on this stuff.

P.S. Tracy won because he showed the most sense by seemingly acknowledging the waste of time the whole thing was and trying to lighten it up with humor. He so wanted it to end so he could get to some real work. Smart man.

Posted by: Snarky Boy | Aug 28, 2006 8:36:55 PM

Snarky says:

~I'm the guy who sits next to you at dinner and tricks you into thinking I actually care about having a debate about something, when in fact I'm just a jerk.~

Posted by: Vermonter | Aug 28, 2006 8:55:29 PM

There's nothing that makes Snarky happier than having little Snarky worshipers quoting Snarky back to Snarky. Oh, the joy of it. Tell me more! Tell me more! (But, next time, aim for accuracy.)

Posted by: SnarkyBoy | Aug 28, 2006 9:13:21 PM

Yes, I know it makes you happy, however sad and pathetic that is to behold...

An accurate representation of what's his name:

~I'm the guy who sits next to you at dinner and tricks you into thinking I actually care about having a debate about something, when in fact I'm just a jerk.~

Meaning: further response to this baiting is exactly what this person is looking for, so don't bother.

Yes, I broke my own rule, but I said what I've wanted to say, but never again...

Posted by: Vermonter | Aug 28, 2006 9:33:02 PM

No, you actually said it three times. Now go back behind your locked gate of Internet insignificance. Snarky will let you know when you can come out.

Posted by: SnarkyBoy | Aug 28, 2006 9:41:56 PM

Poor Snark Boy.

He's an emotional train wreck.

He's like a mentally handicapped 11 year old boy -- the kind that smears his own excrement on the bathroom wall just to get SOME kind of attention.

Posted by: Phil Hudson | Aug 29, 2006 11:11:34 AM

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